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Who is your light of hope?

9 Mar

The deadline is approaching, please send your nominations in right away!
You know them….
We want to honor them!
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She may be the Girl Scout leader in your neighborhood. Your son’s soccer coach. The Sunday school teacher. They are each a “Light of Hope” in Forsyth County.

Perhaps he’s the coach who takes time to extend a compliment, an encouraging word, or a high five to a withdrawn child. While winning a game is nice, his real goal is to build self esteem and a sense of accomplishment in a child who might not receive it at home.

Or maybe she is the school counselor who knows that the pink cupcake with colored sprinkles will be just the thing to celebrate a perfect spelling test score.

Or the mentor who goes out of his way to visit the struggling third grader at school every week. He shows interest in the child’s life, genuinely smiling about the stories the child shares.

These remarkable people are a “Light of Hope” for children who may be living in chaos and turmoil or who may be experiencing abuse or neglect at home. They may be the bright spots in a child’s life – the ones who listen, who care, who encourage.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and CASA of Forsyth County, Inc. is calling for nominations to honor those who have been a “Light of Hope” for children in our community.

CASA of Forsyth believes that we are blessed to have many “Lights of Hope” in our community. Nominations will be accepted in the following categories:

Religious Organizations
Youth Organizations
School Personnel
Athletic Organizations
Child Welfare Organizations
Youth Working with Your Volunteer
Organizations
Public Service Agencies

Please take a moment to nominate the “Light of Hope” you know. Complete the Light of Hope Nomination Form and submit it to CASA of Forsyth County by March 12, 2011.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Forsyth County, Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501(c3) organization, serving abused and neglected children by advocating for each to have a safe, loving and permanent home. These highly trained volunteer advocates serve as the child’s lay guardian ad litem and work to ensure the child’s physical, medical, emotional and educational needs are met during Juvenile Court deprivation proceedings. Last year 74 CASA volunteers advocated for 179 children in Forsyth County.

“Light of Hope” recipients will be honored during a celebration at the Forsyth Conference Center on Thursday evening, April 14, 2011. For more information about our “Light of Hope” Celebration, please call us at 770-886-4082 or visit our website at http://www.forsythcountycasa.org.

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Georgia HB 385

5 Mar

Take a moment to write your Georgia State Congressmen to let them know your opinion of HB 385, a bill that revises the revenue structure of Georgia under the recommendations of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians.

Proposed Georgia legislation would require a sales tax on Popcorn sold by Cub – Boy Scouts and on Cookies sold by Girl Scouts. This significant financial impact would take money directly from each boy’s efforts to go to camp and pay for their Scouting activities.

This issue is being considered RIGHT NOW, so please contact your State House Representative and State Senator TODAY and express your concern in a Scout-like manner about our Scouts being taxed. Please reference House Bill 385.

House Bill 385 is a part of the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform eliminating various nonprofit sales and use tax exemptions,including sales of food by members of councils of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

The consequences of this legislation:

  • A portion of the funds earned by our Scouts for their camping experience would need to be diverted to pay a sales tax.
  • Hundreds of children especially in hard to serve areas will not be able to participate in Scouting due to reduction of services that will result from the need to fund sales taxes.
  • Camps are likely to be stressed with less ability to fund the costs to be maintained.

Please voice your opinion on this issue. Contact your State Representative and State Senators TODAY in a Scout-like manner regarding House Bill 385. See below for a link to find your elected officials. Thank you for your support of Scouting.

EXERPT from HB 385 lines 1902 to 1905:

view the entire bill here: http://1.usa.gov/ij4gJ4

To find your State Representative or Senator go here: http://bit.ly/gTIvK0

Okay… now back to camping. Thanks.

Parts of this blog taken from information on the Georgia State legislature web pages and http://www.atlantabsa.org. These comments should in no way reflect a particular political platform or position except to help you make an informed decision.